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The Super's House

Updated on September 12, 2016

Biggest House in the Mill Village

Almost everyday I drive by a now vacant lot that is well maintained by the owner of the old Tuxedo Community Store. The grass is now green and well groomed. Many times when I drive by this lot my memory returns to the time when I was a child and the now vacant lot was the site of the Super's house. Those of you who have followed my posts know I grew up in a cotton mill village during the 1950's and my dad was a textile worker. Dad worked his entire career in that cotton mill and retired at the age of 70.

The house that stood on that parcel was the mill Super's home and was one of the nicest in Tuxedo. The owners of the Green River Mill had built this house and over the course of my youth I knew the Super's who lived in the house and their families. Cotton mill workers were looked down upon by many who lived in the neighboring city and were often called "cotton mill trash." When the mill endured a labor union strike in the mid-1950s the plant was sold to a larger textile company but the Super's house remained a part of the employment package of the individual who was in essence the CEO of the mill.

When Clyde Rhyne and his family moved into the Super's house to take responsibility for the new textile operation, our community seemed to undergo a transition from gloom and doom to one of optimism.Clyde and his family became active in our community and the church in Tuxedo. He was a very capable Super and well liked by the mill workers. Clyde had a young family and they attended our public school. Even though higher on the social ladder than most of us, they never exhibited a "better than thou" attitude. There were other houses provided for department heads in the mill village. One of the nicest was the one for the Spinning room supervisor which sat on a hill near the mill.

As all good managers, Clyde received a promotion and soon left our community for a larger mill and a new Super came. Harry Iler was his name and a very capable man. He raised his family in the Super's house and ultimately became the last Super to live in that notable house in Tuxedo. When the mill was sold in the mid 1970's Harry became a Realtor and his son now follows in his foot steps.

Cotton mill villages have now all but disappeared. Even in our beloved Tuxedo, only a few of the original homes remain as a remembrance for those of us who were mill village brats. Passing by the Super's house on my walk to school each day I often wondered what this big house looked like inside. Most of our houses were 4 room structures heated with wood heaters and outside toilets. I dare say most of us who grew up in the village never had taken a shower bath until our high school days where after our gym class we were able to shower before returning to class.

For many of us we didn't know there was a better life or a social system that revolved around the rich, the poor and the indignant. For whatever reasons reasons we accepted life as it was and respected all even the Super.


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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thank you breakfastpop.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      You have an amazing memory. Your hub help me to remember that I had a grandfather who actually owned mills. Sad to say I have no idea where they were but now I'm curious and I will do a little research. Voted up an awesome.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Compelling story. The cotton industry affected so many; not least the convicts picking cotton in places like Huntsville under the harsh sun with the screw's horses trained to bite the rears of slackers.

      I guess synthetics killed it, or cheap Indian (etc) cotton. I still wear nothing else.


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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thank you.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I love your history lessons and your outlook on your life. How different things are as you travel across America, something we often forget. Hubs like yours give us the education we need and give us a glimpse into the past. Obviously your video fits perfectly in with your hub - you are helping to keep that textile heritage alive as well. Voted up and interesting.